Environmental Technology

AAS Degree - Code #2193

Mark Amman, Program Coordinator

Email address: AmmanMJ@alfredstate.edu

The environmental technology program prepares graduates to serve as field and laboratory technicians for a wide variety of industrial and governmental employers involved in environmental testing, remediation, and monitoring. The program is an interdisciplinary one, including extensive faculty and laboratory capacity in chemistry, biology, instrumentation, soil and plant sciences, environmental engineering, and spatial analysis, as well as a common core of general studies.

The major emphasis in the required courses is gaining proficiency in technical skills. Flexibility through the selection of technical electives allows the student to pursue an interest in a particular environmental sub-discipline and become better prepared for a specific type of job.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret and present results of an experiment.

Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.

Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.

Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.

Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.

Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.

Select an appropriate analytical technique to evaluate an environmental problem.

Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.

Use appropriate software to record, manage, retrieve, analyze, and present laboratory data.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State environmental technology graduates, with the appropriate technical electives, may enter directly into either the forensic science technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

For students wishing to transfer to bachelor-level programs in environmental science, electives can be selected that meet specific requirements of transfer institutions. Current articulation agreements with Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry provide excellent options for continued study.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Waste water treatment

Soil conservation

Solid waste disposal

Environmental monitoring

Laboratory pollutant analysis

Incinerator operation

Brownfield remediation

RELATED PROGRAMS

Biological Sciences

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

FACILITIES

The environmental technology program is located in the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building. Four science-ready lecture rooms are on the first floor with the eight laboratories found on the second and third floors. The laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation and application software for teaching and learning, as well as for independent study and research. Students in the program also have access to an outdoor laboratory - an engineered wetland treatment system in nearby Wellsville, NY. It is treating groundwater contaminated by residues left from an old oil refinery and is the largest remediation project of its type in New York State.

Explore the alphabet soup list below.

UV-VIS Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrophotometry

FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry with ATR attachment

AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

FS Fluorescence Spectrophotometry

GC-FID Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detector

GC-MS Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy

HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography

CE Capillary Electrophoresis

Environmental Technology - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

MATH

1033

College Algebra or higher

3

BIOL

2803

Environmental Science

3

BIOL

2801

Environmental Science Lab

1

CHEM

1114

General Chemistry I

4

OR

CHEM

1984

Chemical Principles I

4

XXXX

xxxx

Technical Elective

3-4

17-19

Second

LITR

7003

Literature and Nature

3

MATH

1123

Statistics

3

OR

MATH

2124

Statistical Methods & Analysis

4

XXXX

xxxx

Technical Elective

3-4

CHEM

2124

General Chemistry II

4

OR

CHEM

2984

Chemistry Principles II

4

XXXX

xxx3

Social Science Elective

3

16-17

Third

XXXX

xxx3

Social Science Elective

3

ENVR

4413

Environmental Law

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

AGPS

1103

Soils

3

XXXX

xxxx

Technical Elective

3-4

15-16

Fourth

CIVL

6113

Environmental Tech. Concepts

3

ENVR

4424

Envir. Chem. & Microbiology

4

COMP

5703

Technical Writing II

3

XXXX

xxxx

Technical Elective

3-4

ENVR

4411

Environmental Capstone Seminar

1

HPED

xxx1

Physical Education Elective

1

15-16

Technical Electives:

BIOL

1104

General Biology I

BIOL

2204

General Biology II

CHEM

3514

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM

4524

Organic Chemistry II

MATH

1064

Technical Calculus I or greater

MATH

2124

Statistical Methods & Analysis

PHYS

1044

College Physics I

PHYS

2044

College Physics II

AGPS

5003

Integrated Pest Management

CHEM

5414

Analytical Principles

AGPS

2113

Field & Forage Crops

BIOL

1304

Botany

AGRI

2012

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

BIOL

4254

General Microbiology

CHEM

6614

Instrumental Analysis

BIOL

1223

Intro. to Forestry

BIOL

5223

Ecology

MATH

2043

College Trigonometry

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0 in the above listed courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in chemistry, biology and environmental courses.